Making preparations for a trip? The Seychelles ought to be one of your top travel priorities. I can think of no better place to spend two weeks in paradise than this place, which is famous for its beautiful beaches (the best in the world, in my not-so-humble opinion), wonderful blend of architecture, and green jungle trails. The Seychelles may be the world’s most laid-back archipelago, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here. In fact, 2 weeks will only give you a glimpse of all the Seychelles have to offer. Have no fear, I’ve got you covered. Do you fancy a two-week vacation in the Seychelles? Keep reading to learn about a fantastic plan that has everything you could possibly want!
Day 1-4: Mahé
Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago and is where you can find the exciting capital city of Victoria.
Since this is the terminal you’ll arrive in if you’re flying into the Seychelles International Airport, it’s a good place to start.
Many visitors avoid the crowded main island of Mahé in favor of the more remote, quieter outer islands. That, trust me, is a terrible idea. There’s a lot to see and do on Mahé, so plan to stay for at least a few days.
What to expect while visiting Mahé…
Explore the Capital Victoria
Victoria packs a ton of fun into a little area. The capital of Seychelles is a vibrant and interesting place to do both. The Hindu Temple and the National Museum of History are two well-known destinations for exploring the island’s history and culture.
If you only go to one place in New Zealand, make it the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market. The island’s oldest marketplace, it was established in the nineteenth century. It’s a sensory overload, with everything from exotic seafood to locally grown fruit.
See the rest of the capital city’s beautiful colonial architecture on a stroll after perusing the market. You can’t miss “Little Ben,” a silver duplicate of London’s Big Ben clock tower (psst…did you know London also has its own Little Ben?).
Seychelles Botanical Gardens
The Seychelles Botanical Gardens are worth a visit whether or not you have a passion for plants; the scenery is stunning.
The gardens boast approximately 280 endemic and attractive plant species. The huge Aldabra tortoises, which you may feed, are the major draw.
There is a charming cafe here where you can relax and take a bite to eat away from the noise and bustle of downtown Victoria.
Spend Time on Mahé’s Beaches
The beaches of Mahé are among the best in the world, not just the Seychelles. Everybody’s idea of paradise, with its white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
I would recommend spending at least a day or two going from one beach to another. The beaches of Beau Vallon, Anse Takamaka, Anse Royale, and Anse Forbans are some of my favorites on the island.
Baie Lazare has a beautiful beach that you simply must see. Here, you may go on a fantastic snorkeling excursion and observe some of the vibrant marine species that inhabits the Seychelles.
Visit the Spice Garden
The Jardin du Roi, often known as the Spice Garden, is one of Mahé’s most interesting tourist destinations. The Spice Garden is a wonderful site to learn about the role that Seychelles played in the 18th century as a major trading center for spices.
Located on a mountaintop above Anse Royale Beach on the southeast coast of Mahe, this plantation is a paradise for spice growers. As you stroll through the garden, you’ll be greeted by the heady aroma of exotic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
The spice trade is the subject of a self-guided tour and a visit to the onsite museum. You can also go on a guided hike or check out the gigantic tortoises. To round off your journey, dine on authentic Seychellois cuisine at the Creole restaurant on-site.
Tour the Takamaka Rum Distillery
Although the Seychelles might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of rum, the island nation is actually quite surprising. You can taste the unique culture of each of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles in every bottle of rum made at the Takamaka Distillery.
Take a tour of a rum distillery and sample some of the finished product to learn more about the process of manufacturing rum.
Morne Seychellois National Park
Among the best of Mahé’s sights, this one should not be missed. Morne Seychellois National Park protects almost twenty percent of Mahe’s land area and is home to a thriving environment.
It includes the island’s tallest peak, Morne Seychellois, as well as the mangrove forests that line the shore. Explore the beautiful island of Mahé on foot by following one of the many hiking or walking trails that lead to scenic lookouts.
Hop Over to Eden Island
If you find yourself with a few minutes to spare, consider checking out this location. Located about 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) from Victoria, Eden Island is a man-made private island. You may visit the island and take a submersible trip with breathtaking views of Mahé.
Day 5-10: Praslin
Your next trip in the Seychelles should be on Praslin, the second largest island. From Mahé, it’s only a simple 20-minute flight or an hour on the ferry. You won’t make a poor choice between the two gorgeous routes.
The island is as stunning as Mahé, and here are some things to anticipate during your stay:
Head to Vallee de Mai (And Spot the Rude Fruit!)
The coco de mer palm palms, found uniquely in Seychelles, are the reason the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A guided tour to Vallee de Mai is the finest way to see the area and learn about its unique environment.
Anse Lazio Beach, with its crystal clear water and perfectly smooth pebbles, is easily accessible from there. You can go swimming, eat lunch, and watch the beautiful sunset.
Visit the Islands of Curieuse and St. Pierre for a Day
Among all of Seychelles’ islands, Curieuse is a true gem. It’s only a 20-minute boat ride from Praslin, but this tiny island is well worth a day trip.
After arriving, you can spend a wonderful day exploring the area by seeing the Aldabra tortoises, going snorkeling or kayaking, or taking a catamaran excursion to the adjacent St. Pierre islands. Short hikes can also be taken to take in the breathtaking scenery of the jungle.
Get away for the day and explore Aride.
Aride, like Praslin, is a beautiful island not far distant. The Seychelles Magpie Robin is only one of many endangered bird species that call this area their home.
But the island isn’t just for birdwatchers; there are plenty of beautiful beaches to relax on or explore by kayak or snorkel.
Day Trip (Again) to Seychelles’ Moyenne Moyenne
In the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, there is a private island called Moyenne. This island is a real piece of paradise, and it’s the best location to go if you want to relax on the beach and get some sun.
For the most energetic, there is a nature route that winds through Moyenne, passing through secluded beaches and verdant groves. You may visit the always hip Aldabra tortoises at their reserve.
Relax On Anse Georgette
It’s easy to overlook Anse Georgette in favor of its more popular neighbor, Anse Lazio, but you shouldn’t. Anse Georgette is breathtaking, with its clear blue waters, pristine white sand, and scattered stones.
In my opinion, this spot is even more isolated than Anse Lazio, making it perfect for a romantic sunset stroll.
Day 10-13 La Digue
Swoon! La Digue will always hold a very special place in my heart. Consequently, it is fitting that you end your amazing two-week trip to the Seychelles here.
There is a marked difference in the tempo of life on this, the third largest island in the Seychelles. It’s well known for its vibrant Creole culture and nice, welcoming people.
It’s the most relaxed of the three main islands, making it ideal for those looking to unwind and soak in the tranquility of the Seychelles. Is there anything further you could possibly do to round off your trip? I can’t say that I can either.
Relax on Anse Source d’Argent
Known as the best beach in the Seychelles, Anse Source d’Argent is also the most popular tourist destination in the country.
I’d go even further and say that, with its magnificent warm waves, boulders, and thick jungle backdrop, it is the most beautiful beach in the world.
It’s best to avoid the crowds by coming either very early or very late in the day, when the sunrise or sunset are at their most beautiful.
Travel to the L’Union Estate Farm
Anse Source d’Argent is reachable via l’Union Estate Farm. An historic colonial vanilla and coconut plantation. Both the estate and the beach are beautiful, so it’s well worth the 115 rupees to enter both.
When you get here, make a pit stop at the Old Pier Cafe for a wonderful Creole meal, a cool cocktail, or both.
Swim at Grande Anse
Grande Anse, on the southeast coast of La Digue, is, as the name suggests, a very vast beach. Depending on where you stay, you can walk or ride a bike to a different one of its many beautiful, secluded beaches. Enjoy a picnic while listening to the waves crash or go for a swim at this beautiful beach.
La Veuve Nature Reserve
In the La Veuve Nature Reserve, you can see the rare endemic Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, a beautiful blue bird that is only found on the Seychelles and in this reserve, where it is protected and bred.
I highly recommend reading my La Digue guide for more ideas.
Day 14: Departure
Your vacation has unfortunately come to an end, but you will (probably) make one more stop in Mahé before flying back to your home country.